July’s Celebration Cakes And Bakes

frozen cake 3Thanks for stopping by and welcome to July’s Celebration Cakes And Bakes Linky. This is where I ask you to link up posts about any special cakes you’ve made and want to share. For me last month was all about my daughter’s 3rd birthday – she wanted a frozen party and I was making everything from Ice And Snow Jelly Shots to Snowflake Cookie Trees but my main achievement was succeeding in making a Frozen Ice Palace and In Summer cake for my demanding little angel.

A vanilla multicoloured sponge for the Ice Palace and a rich chocolate cake for the In Summer section – my little girl was so so happy with her “Anna Cake”.

But back to the Linky, It’s about cakes that you’re proud of and want to share.

If you’re inspired by these lovely cakes why not link up your own creation below?

The rules:

You must have made the bake yourself – no buying from the local cake shop.

It must be a post about making the bake – it doesn’t have to be a full on recipe but it does need to be in the spirit of the thing.

It doesn’t need to be a new post it could be one from last year, but if it’s a seasonal celebration bake it should be appropriate – so no Easter cakes at Christmas, save them for springtime.

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June’s Celebration Cakes and Bakes roundup

Last month was a lovely month for Celebration Cakes and bakes with wonderful summery cakes linked up. My absolute favourite was the Sandcastle Cake made by Kirsty from Hijacked By Twins, it looked like it would be right at home on a beach and even had edible flags on top!

The first cake I added last month was a Ruby Anniversary cake made for my parents. A vanilla sponge with covered in fondant and decorated with spun sugar.

Ruby anniversary cake

Next comes a wonderfully colourful Rainbow Cake made by Becky at The Laughing Owls, For a first time rainbow cake I think it is fab and I’m sure her two year old was delighted to have it as a birthday cake.

The next cake is inspired by one of my favourite ever desserts, Eton Mess. An Eton Mess Chocolate Cake from Chocolate Log blog for her friend’s birthday – This kind of cake just says summer-time to me and looks so simple and delicious.

Another gorgeous summery cake was added by Ros from The More Than Occaisional Baker. A White Chocolate and Cardamom Cake topped with beautiful seasonal strawberries.

Finally we have a birthday cake with a difference – because it was made for a stuffed animal! My decided it was Simba from the Lion King’s birthday so of course we had to make him a carrot cake birthday cake – we even sang happy birthday and blew out the candles! Here is Simba’s Birthday Cake.

Simba cakeIf you’ve made a cake you’re particularly proud of why not link up to July’s Celebration Cakes and Bakes?

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Mint Chocolate Chip Muffins

mint choc chip cakes 3This week the unthinkable happened and we ran out of cake and biscuits! My son got sent to preschool with dried fruit for his pudding yesterday and was not impressed, so while the kids were eating tea I quickly whipped up some yummy mint chocolate chip muffins for them.  (makes 10 large cupcakes / muffins)

Ingredients:

125g Unsalted butter (softened)

125g Castor sugar

2 Large eggs (beaten)

2 tsp Peppermint extract

110g Self raising flour

15g Good quality cocoa powder

A few tablespoons of whole milk

50g Dark Chocolate roughly chopped

50g White chocolate chips / white chocolate roughly chopped

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 c
  • Set out 10 muffin cases in Muffin trays
  • In a free standing mixer cream the softened butter an sugar
  • In a separate bowl stir together the flour and cocoa powder
  • Add the mint extract to the beaten eggs and gradually add the eggs to the butter cream with  spoonful of flour to stabilize the mix.
  • Gradually fold in the rest of the flour
  • Add milk slowly until the mixture falls easily from a spoon / spatula
  • Stir in the dark and white chocolate chips.
  • Spoon the mixture into the 10 prepared muffin cases
  • Bake in the preheated 180c oven for approximately 15 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean (apart from any melted chocolate it catches).

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Frozen themed Birthday Cakes – In Summer

frozen cake 4Last week I wrote a post about the Ice Palace part of my daughter’s Frozen birthday cake. The second part of her “Anna cake” was the scene from Olaf’s song In Summer where they are having a picnic on the grass. The Ice Palace cake was vanilla so of course this one had to be chocolate.

The recipe is my standard chocolate cake – I doubled the amounts to feed the hoards of party guests and used 2 x 9 inch tins. I used plain vanilla frosting between the layers and then coloured a batch of vanilla frosting green to cover the cake. First I covered the whole cake in a thin layer of the frosting before using a grass effect piping nozzle to make the grass on top of the cake. Grass_nozzle.jpg

The picnic blanket is made from flower paste :

Colour some flower paste red then roll out and cut into strips.

Roll out white flower paste to a size larger than the blanket you want to create.

Colour some flower paste red then roll out and cut into strips.

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Lay the strips over the rolled out white flower paste and use a rolling pin to embed the red into the white.

Use a pizza wheel to cut the shape of the blanket.

I used plunger cutters to make sugar paste daisys for the top of the cake with sugar pearls in the centre for pollen. – make a dimple in the middle of the flower with the end of a paint brusha nd use edible glue to secure the sugar pearl.

I made more flowers from coloured fondant and added them to the sides of the cake. I also made a sugar paste Olaf and a sugar paste Anna for the top of the cake.

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Frozen themed Birthday Cakes – Elsa’s Ice Palace

frozen cake 3For the last 4 months my daughter has been asking for an Anna cake for her birthday. Princess Anna from Disney’s Frozen has been her absolute favourite since she first saw the film. As time went on the cake request (bear in mind that she was 2 about to be 3) developed into an Anna cake “and her sister”. I spent quite a while thinking about how I wanted to make a cake with the characters on it and decided I’d like to have Elsa on the balcony from the song Let it Go in the Ice Palace and Anna sitting on the grass with Olaf as she does in the song In Summer. This fitted in with our whole Frozen In Summer party theme. I made the figurines out of flower paste coloured with gel colours and supported by flower wire. I would have liked to cheat and buy the frozen figure set from the Disney Store but they were always out of stock so I had to be creative.

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Looking at a close up picture of the Ice Palace cake you can see there is a carved cake on a 14 inch cake drum covered in white fondant. Behind the cake is a palace shaped piece of mint flavoured candy and mint flavoured spun sugar icicles add to the palace effect. Surrounding the edge of the board is the balcony railing made from hand cut sugar paste. A hand made sugar paste Elsa stands at the front as she does during Let It Go. The inside of the cake is layers of vanilla sponge coloured in icy shades of white blue and purple.

 

Frozen cake 7For the cake:

3 x  6 inch round tins buttered and lined (or 1 tin used 3 times).
Blue and purple gel colours (liquid would work also)
375g Castor sugar
375g Unsalted butter (softened)
375g Self raising flour
6 Large Eggs (beaten)
4 tsp Vanilla extract

Approx 50ml whole milk

  • Preheat the oven to 180c.
  • Butter 3 6in cake tins and line them with greaseproof paper.
  • In a freestanding mixer cream the softened butter and sugar.
  • Add the vanilla essence to the beaten eggs.
  • Add the egg mixture to the butter and sugar while mixing on a low speed.
  • slowly add the flour.
  • Add milk until the mixture drops easily off a spoon.
  • Split the mixture equally between 3 bowls, and colour one 1/3 blue, 1/3 purple and leave the other plain.
  • Place in the previously lined cake tins and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
    If you only have one 6inch tin (like me) bake the first 1/3, reline the tin with fresh greaseproof paper once the first cake is turned out and repeat for the other 2/3 of the mixture.
  • Leave the cakes to completely cool on wire racks.

To make the ice palaceFrozen cake collage

You will need:

14 inch cake drum

12 inch cake drum

blue ribbon

Vanilla frosting

White ready to roll fondant

White flower paste

Flower wire

3 or 4 sheets of a4 card and sticky tape

Make a batch of Vanilla Frosting and use it between the cakes to stack them. together. Use a sharp knife to carefully cut a flat edge at the front of the cake. Use the pieces from this to increase the height of the cake joining with frosting, then shape it into a point.
Carefully carve out the shape of the doorway and surround. The pieces from this can also be used to shape the top of the cake.
Cover the cake in light blue coloured fondant and spray with a pearlescent edible lustre.
Cover a 14 inch cake drum with white fondant, and add a blue ribbon around the edge before placing the cake towards the back of the board.

Either buy an Elsa figurine or you could twist a framework of wire with a blob of paste at the base to stablise it, roll out blue coloured flower paste and wrap around to form a skirt, then add skin coloured flower paste wrapped around the top section and shaped into a torso and head. Plait some yellow flower paste for Elsa’s hair, add edible glitter to the dress and finally make the facial details.

To make the balcony use a non stick mat to roll out a strip of flower paste long enough to go around the edge of a 12 inch board (honestly I do mean 12 inch).

Use modeling tools or the point of a sharp knife to cut out the overlapping YY pattern from the blacony. Cut and stick the card to form 2 long strips which can sandwich the cut out balcony. Use additional strips of card to stop the balcony falling out of the bottom of the sandwiched card. Finally securely tape the balcony around the 12inch cake drum and leave overnight to allow the flower paste to harden. when removing the card be very careful not to let the card spring away from the cake drum as this would crack the now hardened flower paste.

place the balcony on the 14inch cake drum with the Ice palace and add elsa for a finishing touch.

 

For the Sugar palace shape

375g Castor sugar

335g Water

Blue food colouring

Mint flavour

Jam / sugar thermometer

Foil covered baking sheet and extra foil to make the palace shape.

Sticky tape

A quick note – adding the mint flavour affected the clarity of the sugar – for a see through effect leave out the flavouring.

  • Before starting to make the sugar cover a baking sheet with foil.
  • Use more foil and fold into a long strip
  • Use sticky tape on the outside of the shape to attach the strip of foil to the foil covered tray in the shape of the palace. Make sure to seal all the edges so the molten sugar doesn’t seep out underneath.

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  • Fill a bowl large enough to place your pan in with cold water and place to the side.
  • Add a few drops of food colour and flavour to the water until you are happy with the shade.
  • Dissolve the castor sugar in the water and heat in a pan. Do not stir as this will crystallise the sugar.
  • Heat the sugar until it reaches 155c (the hard crack point) then immediately move the pan to the bowl of cold water for a few seconds to stop the sugar cooking any further. Make sure not to get any water in the pan, and dry off the bottom so no drips go on the foil when pouring.
  • Pour the molten sugar into the castle template. Please be careful as the sugar will be very hot.
  • Use any extra sugar to pull out icicles to add to the top of the palace cake.
  • To remove any set sugar from the pan fill with water and boil for 5 min then pour away.
  • leave to cool then remove from the foil.
  • Stand behind the ice palace and attach to the board with either fondant or some extra molten sugar – I used some left over sugar which I remelted with a cooks blow torch that I normally use for creme brulee.

 

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Frozen themed party bags

One of my pet hates about birthday parties is the cheap rubbish that you get in so many party bags. I always try to avoid the little plastic toys etc when putting our party bags together so for this year’s Frozen themed bags I went exploring on the internet.

The bags were simple white paper bags with handles that I bought a bulk load of last year for my son’s Lightning McQueen party bags. I hand made luggage style labels using:

White card (6 labels are made per sheet)

A guillotine (scissors and a ruler would work too)

A hole punch (mine is single but one side of a double hole punch is fine)

Scissors

Blue ribbon

Snowflake stickers

frozen name tags

1. Start with a sheet of A4 white card.

2. Cut the card into 3 strips

3. Cut each of the strips in half.

4. Use scissors to cut off the corners at one end of each piece of card. Try to keep the angle the same.

5. Use a hole punch to make a single hole at the end with the cut corners.

6.Thread a length of ribbon long enough to tie onto a bag through the hole.

7. Use a sparkly blue pen to write the name and add snow flake stickers to complete the look.

To fill the party bags I used:

Free printable colouring sheets (Marshmallow and Christoff for the boys and Elsa and Anna for the girls)

A box of 50 colouring pencils from the local superstore – I tied the pencils in bunches of 4 with some of the ribbon I used to make the Snowflake Cookie Tree.

Large snowflake stickers.

Design a your own snowglobes (bought in a pack of 4)

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Frozen themed party food- Snowflake cookie tree

Frozen cookie tree 4My daughter’s birthday party was this Saturday and my Frozen obsessed munchkin had the day of her dreams. She’s been asking for an Anna birthday cake for months, which he got, along with an entire Frozen themed party. I have a snowflake cookie cutter which I use at Christmas time so I decided to try and make a snowflake covered tree inspired by the scene in Frozen where Anna and Kristoff meet Olaf for the first time.

You will need a snowflake cookie cutter, a wooden spoon handle or small circular plunger cutter, blue or white ribbon, ready to roll white fondant icing, blue gel food colour.

The cookies need a hole to thread the ribbon through, I used a sugar craft circle cutter but the handle of a wooden spoon would do just as well. To make the cookies I used my normal vanilla cookie recipe:

175g unsalted butter (softened)

200g caster sugar

2 large eggs (beaten)

1 and a half tsp vanilla extract

450g plain flour

1tsp baking powder

1tsp salt

  • Cream the butter and sugar in a freestanding mixer or by hand

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  • Add the vanilla extract to the beaten egg then slowly add to the butter mixture while mixing
  • In a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt & baking powder
  • Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix at a slow speed until combined
  • Wrap your dough in cling-film and place in the fridge to cool for at least an hour (freeze half if you like)
  • Roll out your dough and use a snowflake cutter to cut out the cookies
  • Use the small circular plunger cutter / the handle of a spoon to make the holes for the ribbon.
  • Bake at 180c for 8-12 minutes or until slightly golden  then cool on wire racks
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To decorate my biscuits I use ready to roll white fondant icing. I used some plain white and coloured some blue with a blue gel colour.

  • To add colour to the ready to roll icing use a cocktail stick to add a very small amount of gel and knead as you would bread dough.
  • I find the consistency of ready to roll icing a little too sticky to work with when it is straight out of the packet, so I add icing sugar to the work surface when kneading in the same manner as you would use flour when kneading bread. This makes the icing easier to handle.
  • Roll out your icing and use the same snowflake cutter you used for the cookies to cut out. I found it easier to attach the icing and then cut out the hole for the ribbon once it was over the hole in the cookie.
  • To attach the icing to the cookie Brush the back of your icing shape with a little water and place the cookie on top. Turn the cookie right way up and use the circular cutter to cut out a hole in the icing over the hole in the cookie.
  • Leave to set
  • Once the icing has set thread ribbon through the holes ready to tie onto your glittery tree.

The “tree” is a branch I cut from our garden and decorated with my daughter. I used a glazed plant pot with a hole in the bottom to support the tree and secured it with Air Drying Clay that you can get from an arts and crafts shop (I’ve been watching Mr Maker on cBeebies for too long!) We placed a pvc mat on the kitchen floor to catch and mess and spent a happy couple of hours painting the tree with PVA glue then sprinkling silver glitter on it. My daughter loved helping make the tree for her party and was so pleased when she saw it finished.

20140623-194952-71392241.jpgTo make a glittery tree you need:

A mat / cut up binbag to catch the mess

Air drying clay

A plant pot with a drainage hole in the bottom

A branch from a tree that you have permission to take

PVA glue

Paint brush(es)

Glitter (preferably in a shaker)

  • If the branch has leaves on it strip them off.
  • Turn your plant pot upside down and place the end of the branch through the hole so that it reaches the floor.
  • Use the air drying clay to secure the branch, making sure it goes straight up.
  • paint the branch with pva glue.
  • Sprinkle the gliter over the glue on the branches to make a sparkly frosty looking tree.
  • Leave the glue to dry and the clay to set.
  • Tie the snowflake cookies onto the branches.

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Win tickets to Foodies Festival Tatton Park

FoodieslargelogoLast year I was lucky enough to be invited along to Foodies Festival when they visited Tatton Park near Altrincham and this year they were kind enough to offer me tickets again. Not just tickets for me though, I also have 3 pairs of tickets to give away. If you would like to visit Foodies Festival on July 18th, 19th or 20th At Tatton Park in Cheshire, simply fill in the form below for a chance to win a pair of tickets on the day of your choice. Describing the festival their website says:

 

Join us for a celebration of fine food and drink in a beautiful outdoor setting with top Chefs cooking in our Chef’s Theatre; wine, beer, and cocktails in the Drink’s Theatre and a daily Cocktail Competition; join top pastry chefs in the brand new Chocolate, Cake, Bake and Preserves Theatre; and kids can learn to cook too in the Children’s Cookery Theatre.Foodies Festival Bar 2

Enjoy afternoon tea in the Vintage Tea Tent and take part in daily tea dances, improve your BBQ skills in the outdoor BBQ arena, and relax on hay bales on the Real Ale and Cider Farm.

We had a lovely time last year and are very much looking forward to visiting again. Tickets for the event ate available here and start from £10 with accompanied children under 12 going free.

Opening times: 10am until 6pm each day

Tatton Park entry is £5 per car.

Vip ticket includes – free glass of bubbly, free showguide, goody bag, use of VIP area with views of entertainment stage, private bar and refreshments/tea/coffee/biscuits all day, priority entry to 1 Chefs Theatre/1 Drinks theatre/1 Cake& Bake Theatre ( tickets released on the day and subject to availability)

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Disabled:
Disabled Parking
Wheelchair Access
Disabled Toilets
Carer’s are admitted FREE on the day
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“Lion food ” birthday cake for Simba

Simba cakeLast weekend my son decided that it was Simba from the Lion King’s birthday. Now you need to bear in mind here that Simba is also (in this case) a stuffed animal. I was told at bedtime of Friday that “Tomorrow might be Simba’s birthday” so I asked if Simba would like a birthday cake and had one very happy little boy on my hands.

In the morning I started by checking what sort of cake we should make – I was expecting chocolate but was surprised when I was told very seriously “No not chocolate cake, Simba’s a LION, lions don’t eat chocolate cake they eat lion food! Now I don’t mind making a birthday cake for a stuffed animal but I do draw the line at making one that a real lion would like; luckily I convinced my son that lions like food that’s the same colour as them so we made carrot cake instead. I happened to have a Simba cookie cutter so to decorate the cake we used cream cheese frosting and a fondant Simba based on the song I just can’t wait to be king.

For the cake:

300g light muscavado sugar
2 eggs – beaten
100ml whole milk
3tsp lemon juice
300ml corn oil
300g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1tsp baking powder
1tsp ground cinnamon
half tsp ground ginger
half tsp salt
half tsp vanilla extract
300g grated carrots
100g shelled walnuts – chopped
Pre-heat the oven to 170 c / 325 f and grease and line 2 x 20 cm tins

  • Add the lemon juice to the milk to sour it. (Alternatively you could use buttermilk).
  • Place the sugar, eggs, soured milk, oil and vanilla extract in a free-standing mixer and beat to combine.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, bicarb, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and continue to beat until smooth.
  • Add the grated carrots and chopped walnuts then stir by hand to distribute evenly.
  • Pour into the two tins and level the mixture
  • Place in the preheated oven for about 40 min or until a cake tester / knife comes out clean.
  • Turn out onto racks to cool

For the cream cheese frosting

600g icing sugar
100g butter – softened
125g cream cheese – cold

  • In a free-standing mixer beat the icing sugar and butter together until combined.
  • Add the cream cheese and beat at a medium speed for about 5 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
    be careful not to over beat the frosting or the cream cheese will split and become runny.
  • Use a palate knife to spread the frosting evenly and add extra chopped walnuts on top for decoration.

For the fondant decoration

The cutter came from my Disney cake magazine subscription but if you don’t have that you could always print out an image of Simba and place on top of rolled yellow fondant then prick out the design with a pin.

I cut out two Simbas, one in light yellow and one in dark yellow, I then replaced the inner ears and eyes, added a pink nose and black pupils. Finally I added black water icing whiskers and mouth detail. I ten cut out red fondant leaves and placed them in a circle on top of the cake then placed Simba on top.

I asked how old Simba was and was told after a bit of thought 3, so we put 3 candles on the cake and sang happy birthday to Simba!

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Frozen themed party food – ice and snow jelly shots

jelly shot 4My daughter’s birthday party is in 2 weeks and I’m starting to develop party food to fit with her Frozen themed party. (She’s a little bit obsessed). Ice, snow and Marshmallow are all big parts of the film so for my first creation we’ve got all three combined in these pretty little jellies topped with home made marshmallow.

The jellies are easy enough – shop bought lemon and lime jelly made according to the instructions with blue food colouring stirred in at the liquid stage – you need to add enough to reduce the greenish shade that comes with the jelly. Pour the jelly mix into shot glasses, the ones pictured are glass but for the party they’ll be child friendly plastic.

Wait for the jellies to set then make the marshmallow (recipe below) and pipe onto the top. Sprinkle with neon blue sugar crystals. I’m also planning some purple jellies made with blackcurrant and pink sugar crystals for a bit of variety.

For the marshmallow:

2 large egg whites

100g castor sugar

1 tablespoon glucose syrup (sometimes called glycerine this is available at pharmacies, alternatively you could use golden syrup)

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Pinch of salt

1tsp vanilla essence

  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl over a pan of hot water and whisk to combine.
  • Keep the bowl over the hot water and whisk continually for at least 5 minutes until the mixture has thickened and doubled in volume.
  • Allow the marshmallow to cool slightly then spoon into a piping bag and add to the tops of the jellies.
  • Sprinkle with the sugar crystals to finish.

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